|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Edmund Burke (17291797)|
|QUOTATION:||You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the political world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of the universe. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. p. 277.|
Quid velit et possit rerum concordia discors (What the discordant harmony of circumstances would and could effect).Horace: Epistle i. 12, 19.
Mr. Breen, in his Modern English Literature, says: This remarkable thought Alison the historian has turned to good account; it occurs so often in his disquisitions that he seems to have made it the staple of all wisdom and the basis of every truth. [back]